Glenn Altschuler, the author of All Shook Up, tells a widely forgotten story in his powerful book. Altschuler is the Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at Cornell. He studied and received his PhD in American History from Cornell in 1976. Altschuler was born in 1950, which would make him a young boy during the time rock ‘n’ roll rock swept the nation in the 60’s. This gives him a lot of credibility covering the history of rock ‘n’ roll, considering he probably was a first hand witness watching rock ‘n’ roll change the face of America.
Altschuler’s viewpoint during the book is of a white, fan of rock ‘n’ roll in a time when this type of music was frowned upon by an older generation for the wrong reasons. Although he does not talk about his experiences directly, he talks about the important part rock ‘n’  roll played in history and how it was directly linked with the civil rights movement for African Americans.
Altschuler talks about how people of an older generation at this time would compare rock ‘n’ roll with “jungle beats,” associating the music with black people. Because these “jungle beats” were growing in popularity teenagers all over America flocked to rock ‘n’ roll as a chance to be different and be their own person. Because rock ‘n’ roll was considered to be colored music by many parents, thousands and thousands of people of an older generation grew to hate rock ‘n’ roll because it was entering white homes and being associated it with blacks.
Out of the three reviews read for this paper, all three recognize how the start of rock ‘n’ roll was happening at the same time as the civil rights movement. All three of the reviews praise Altschuler for his in-depth knowledge of the history of rock as it related to the movement towards civil rights, but two of the reviews were critical of some of the information that Altschuler had included in his book. One review on Kirkus Review and one on Oxford press are critical of Altchuler, saying that Alschuler hadn’t followed rock back all the way to its roots. Both of these articles include the names of men who have written books about the History of rock ‘n’ roll that go more in depth than Altschuler had in All Shook up, but both of the reviews recognize that the book stands alone when it comes to in-depth knowledge about the relationship between the growth of rock ‘n’ roll and the civil-rights movement.
All three of the articles recognize the books importance as a contribution to America’s cultural history, but two of them, the Oxford Academic review and a Good Reads review, really recognize the important roll rock ‘n’ roll played in changing the face of America following World War II.  While the Oxford Academic review talks mainly about how rock ‘n’ roll was an outcome of technology and prosperity following the Cold War, the Good Read review is especially praising in regards to Altschuler’s work in exposing some of the prejudice that was the real reason behind the widespread denunciation of rock ‘n’ roll during the 50’s and 60’s. This review talks about how Elvis openly gave credit to African American from who he borrowed songs from even though many whites frowned upon it, and how the best early rockers were really African Americans like Little Richard and Chuck Berry. Because of African American inferiority at this time, blacks got little credit when it came to the music released. Songs by black artists tended to be more popular on the charts than their white counterpart, yet when it came to airtime on the radio, the same song performed by a white artist was played more. By radio stations not playing colored peoples music as much as they played similar songs by their white counterpart, radio stations were openly and publicly discriminating against blacks and giving them the credit they deserve because the color of their skin.
African Americans were extremely important for the birth and growth of rock ‘n’ roll in a time when the genre was unfairly given a bad name. Because of the large amounts of prejudice in America left over from slavery, and rock ‘n’ rolls growing popularity with teenagers, parents, adults, and even government officials were giving rock ‘n’ roll a bad name and associating it with black people, which they hated even more. Without Altschuler’s in-depth knowledge about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and how it coincided with the civil rights movements, many of us would not understand and appreciate how great of an impact African-Americans had on rock ‘n’ roll, which eventually changed the face of the country.

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